What looks like a donut, is fun like a donut, can be decorated like a donut, but isn't a donut.....
This isn't some crazy riddle - I've baked up some cupcakes into a donut pan that I picked up at the local discount store for $13 and made cute little 'donuts'.
So the great thing about these donuts, apart from the cuteness and obviously the taste is that they are not fried. I'm not a huge fan of frying, and although I always think I like donuts, I nearly always feel a bit weighed down afterwards - so problem solved. Yay!
OK, I'm not pretending these are health treats, but look I topped some with strawberries, so healthy fruit and the sprinkle ones are made with those natural, no artificial sprinkles so not so nasty, and the Oreo ones.....yeah ok I got nothing with those ones apart from not being fried, but they do taste sooooo good.
So you want to make your own cute donut cakes, well these ones are pretty easy. All you need to do is grab a packet of Betty Crocker cupcake mix, make it up according to the directions. Spray a donut baking tray with non stick spray, pipe in the mixture filling around 1/3 full and bake for 12 minutes at the temperature recommended on the box.
Allow to cool for a couple of minutes in the tray and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Once cool you can decorate with the ready to spread frosting from the packet and top with strawberries, crushed Oreo's or sprinkles. Well pretty much anything you like and the great news is these donuts are perfect for kids to decorate.
In fact I took them along to Mornings on Channel 9 and we had a donut decorating party, along with decorating some stacked sugar cookies, filled with swirled Betty Crocker frosting.
Mornings decorated the set like an outdoor party, and invited a bunch of kids along to help out with the fun. The idea being that having a party outdoors is fun, easy to arrange and makes less mess inside the house. Seriously what parent wouldn't be behind that reasoning :)
Edit update - here is a link to the segment of me on TV: Mornings Kids Cooking Party
Plus they incorporated a stack of the budget conscious ideas from Lilli's birthday party (CLICK HERE) where I used recycled jars as glasses, did a bit of crafting and acted as the party entertainment (CLICK HERE).
So here's the party run down, use Betty Crocker baking mix for less mess and less work, hold the party outside once again for less mess and less work and then get the kids to decorate the donuts and cookies.
I have to mention that The Little Big Company supplied the props for the party on Mornings and were so easy to work with and have a great range. From invitations to cake stands, jars, decorations and shimmer candy, they can supply everything you need for a fabulous party. Pop on over to their webstore to check it out.
Here are some pictures and links to other ideas shared on the show:
Stacked sugar cookies with swirls of Betty Crocker ready to spread frosting:
Make your own sugar blossoms video tutorial:
How to make your own super easy and sweet rag ribbon bunting: